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February 19th, 2015

New Report: Eastern Burma Health Recovery Decades Away

Press Release by the Health Information System Working Group
A new report, based on the first large-scale health survey in eastern Burma since recent ceasefires, shows some improved health indicators, linked to programming of local ethnic health providers, but highligh

December 3rd, 2014

HART Winter 2014 Newsletter

HART’s Winter Newsletter has been released today! For this edition, we asked our partners for their reflections on 2014, and their hopes for the coming year. This newsletter is full of their remarkable stories, achievements and ideas....

November 18th, 2014

Baroness Cox contributes to the House of Lords Second Reading of the Modern Slavery Bill

Yesterday (17th November 2014), members of the House of Lords participated in the Second Reading of the Modern Slavery Bill. Baroness Cox’s speech focused on three key areas of the Bill that require amendments in order for it more completely confront slavery in its many forms....

November 3rd, 2014

Why Islamophobia is More Dangerous Than al-Qaeda in Burma

On September 3rd 2014, al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, featured in an online video declaring the group’s opening of a ‘new branch’ in the Indian subcontinent. Zawahiri highlighted the organisation’s “serious effort to bring an end to oppressions on Muslims in Bangladesh, India, Burma and Sri Lanka with everything within [their] capacity” and to eventually “raise the flag of jihad” in these countries....

October 20th, 2014

HART Burma Briefing: September/October 2014

Over the past few years Burma has been moving from a half-a-century long military regime to a full multiparty democracy. However, despite economic successes and increased investment in the country, it still faces big challenges in terms of political and religious freedom...

October 10th, 2014

Heavy shelling during renewed Burma Army offensive causes civilian deaths and further displacement of hundreds in central Shan State

Burma Army operations against the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army in central Shan State since early October have caused widespread damage, loss of civilian lives, and further displacement of hundreds of villagers in Ke See township. Between October 2-4, 2014, d...

September 25th, 2014

Change Can be a Reflective Choice: reflections on an internship with SWAN

Sana Ahmad reflects on her internship with the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and her journey into the field of human rights.   Writing about one of the most interesting experiences in one’s life is quite an exciting task, yet daunting at the same time....

September 17th, 2014

Getting To Know Burma

Gemma Heard explains why she fell in love with Burma, and invites you to join her as she learns more about this fascinating country.   I find as I bumble my way through life, there are certain landmark points you have when you come across people or places that really hit the mark....

September 2nd, 2014

Travelling to Burma – a moral minefield?

Travelling to Burma as a tourist has been called a ‘moral minefield’ (The Irrawaddy), but tourism has been on the rise in Burma since the country opened up to tourists at the start of the 1990s. Guest blogger Shona Buchanan explores the intense debate surrounding this topic. ...

August 19th, 2014

World Humanitarian Day – celebrating our #HumanitarianHeroes

The 19th August is World Humanitarian Day, which celebrates the commitment of humanitarian workers around the world. It is also a day to recognise and remember the aid workers who have lost their lives. In 2013, there were 460 attacks on aid workers – an all-time high....
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